First employment tribunal claim related to alleged Consulting Association blacklist
Trade union activist Mick Dooley has lodged an employment tribunal claim on the basis that construction company Sir Robert McAlpine Limited had engaged in discrimination against him over his union activity.
The claim is the first legal action related to the alleged blacklisting of union members reported in the UK press during March of this year, which relates to a list of personal data and related comments on more than 3,000 construction workers allegedly being circulated by the Consulting Association in breach of data protection and employment law.
Dooley, who is currently standing for the position of General Secretary of UCATT, believes that McAlpine's recruitment process was influenced by his previous activity relating to an industrial dispute with the firm. No representative of Sir Robert McAlpine has yet spoken to the UK media.
The claim was lodged at the end of April, and employment tribunal officials are yet to make a ruling on whether the claim is within the allowed timeframe under UK employment law.